HB 163: Prescription Drug Amendments by Rep. Norm Thurston (R-Provo) is a great bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in Utah by allowing the Department of Health to design and implement a drug importation program from Canada. This would allow the import of brand-name pharmaceuticals to be purchased at lower prices here in Utah. This good bill will get a vote by the full House in a floor vote THIS MORNING.
A Canadian drug re-importation program would produce immediate, direct savings to patients and to private and state medical benefit programs for many life saving and commonly used medications.